A Vibrational Tapestry Of Sacred Sounds And Silence
Feb 24- 28th, 2017 When Your Voice Becomes An Offering, The Power Of Spirit And Breath Moves Through You In Alchemical, Healing And Empowering Ways.
Your sound holds the possibility of freedom and self-empowerment when used in an intentional way. If you wish to tap into this power and tune into subtle vibrations both inside and out, this retreat is for you.
What Are You Going To Come Away With?
Knowledge of how to use Sounds for healing and meditation.
Practical tools for transforming stuck energy.
Become more aware of your breath and different breathing techniques.
Free your voice and boost your confidence and ability to communicate.
Raise your personal vibration.
Build concentration for ease of your meditation practice.
Heightened presence and awareness to the subtle energies.
Cultivate inner peace and joy.
Who Is This Retreat For?
This retreat is for those interested in using sounds to heal, open and express a freedom through sound regardless of previous experience. Whether you are an expert, or a beginner when we come together with open hearts and unite our voices, we dissolve into one.
The Yoga Of Sound Is An Aspect Of Nada Yoga.
Nada is a Sanskrit word that means sound. Though the practice of Nada Yoga is not one specific practice it covers a wide range of practical exercises. Some practices include vocal play, singing, sounding the Indian scales and mantras. Part of Nada Yoga is learning to fine-tune your ability to listen to audible and inaudible sounds, which is an aspect of subtle vibration.
Benefits To Nada Yoga
- Greater awareness and presence through deep listening practices
- Deeper breath for improved health
- Transforms stuck emotions
- Deeper meditations
- Inner peace and joy
- Builds your confidence to express and communicate more freely
- Expanded consciousness, creating new neurological networks in the brain
- Releases endorphins (the brain’s “feel good” chemicals)
- Increased energy (Sounding moves inner pranic energy & increases your energy)
- Improved communication
- Stronger speaking/ teaching voice
- Quiets inner chatter and thoughts
A Gift To Yourself
Gift to yourself the nourishment of making an offering unto you. Connect to Mother Earth and her elements. Allow your heart and soul to be fed by the healing powers of sound while combining time away for yourself.
A Journey Of A Lifetime
Journey to the birthplace of Yoga, and work with the wisdom and vibrations within Ancient India to increase your own personal vibration. This retreat is a unique opportunity to experience the blending of Sequoia and Pablos combined years of expertise in the world of sound medicine and yoga merged with the loving care of a beautiful, tranquil ashram location.
This is a unique offering in mystical India at the base of the Himalayan mountains. You will be rejuvenated and invigorated as there will be ample free time to relax and enjoy combined with profound, peace-filled, informative and ecstatic sound experiences and learning.
You will be inspired, finding a deeper understanding of self and resting in the peace of your love and worth. And, if you have ever been intrigued by India but perhaps daunted about making the journey yourself, this retreat is a great starting point for a longer personal adventure. Come embrace the mystery of Ancient India and come sing, meditate, play, swim, and sound with us in Ancient India.
Schedule Our morning practice will alternate in start times as well as location (between the Ganga and in the Yoga Hall), to have the best of both worlds.
7:30-9:30 Meditation, asana, breathing, mantras and sounding.
11:00 – 1:00 Vocal play
11:00 – 4:00 Relax, let go, reflect, explore, enjoy
4:00 – 6:30 Evening practice include a variation of vocal play, toning, healing with sound, and silent meditation.
7:00 – 8:00 Buffet Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 There will be three night of evening events, that include, Sound journey, meditation and Yoga nidra
Retreat begins at 5:00 pm on Feb 24th, 2017 Check is any time after 1:00 pm on the 24th Last Session is the morning session of Feb 28th Check out is by 12:00 pm Our Venue
Unlike most other trainings in India, we are hosted by a traditional ashram that is in nature and close to the holy river Ganga. Removed away from the hustle and bustle of the sea of car horns in Rishikesh, it is a beautiful and ideal setting to learn the teachings of Yoga.
- The food is completely vegetarian.
- It includes milk products and is not spicy.
- Filtered drinking water is available.
- The ashram will do their best to accommodate your dietary requirements.
- Simple foods assists one in having a healthy digestion system. In Yogic terms its known as sattvic foods.
What Is Included
- For 5 days and 4 nights you will be hosted in the beauty of nature at Aurovalley ashram in single accommodation.
- Two daily devotional sound and yoga practice ( includes asana, pranayama, mantras, yoga nidra, nada yoga, meditation and kirtan.)
- The use of yoga mats, straps or bolster
- Three healthy vegetarian meals
- Two lectures on sound healing
- Unlimited drinking water
- Quality time by the Holy river Ganga
What Is Not Included
- Indian Visa
- Airport transfer
Investment Early Bird Price is only $499 USD if paid in full by Jan 30, 2017 Regular Price is $599 USD, after Jan 30, 2017 Accommodations The rooms are simple and clean Each room has a private bathroom and solar water heating system.All rooms have mattresses, bed sheets, pillows and quilts for the wintertime. Aurovalley is free of smoke, drugs, stimulants and alcohol.
Passport And Visas
- You will need a valid passport to travel to India.
- The passport should be valid for a minimum period of 190 days (6 months) and must have 2 blank pages out of which one page is required for affixing the visa sticker and other page will be used by the immigration officer for entry and exit from India.
- You will have to apply for a TOURIST VISA.
Money And Finances
The local currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR). We recommend that you have some cash with you when entering the country, either a few hundred USD, CAD or INR.
- Ask for some small denominations as there is a constant problem getting change. Never take ripped bills as they are not accepted in the bank.
- There are plenty of ATMs machines at the airport and in select locations in Goa, though they sometimes are broken. If you head to the main market its suggested to keep a money belt inside your pants. Have some Rupees in your pants so that way if you want to buy something small like a souvenir or a coconut, you will not have to bring out your money belt in the middle of the market.
- If you are staying longer or know you will buy a lot of high-price items, bring the amount you want to spend in travellers’ cheques, and/or bring a visa card to draw on at a bank or for use in select shops. The local shops will take a commission of 4-6 % on all cash advances. Banking is sometimes slow in India, but you do not want to carry more than a few hundred dollars in cash. As an aside, most things in India are up for bargain, except foods in restaurants.
Getting To The Venue
You Have A Few Choices:
- Bus – this would be for those more adventurous, as you would have to make your way to the bus station and get off at Raiwala, which is half way between Rishiksh and Hardiwar.
- Train – this would have to be arranged in advanced.
- Taxi – we can arrange airport pick up and drop directly at the venue for an additional $80
- Plane – check out local airlines,for connecting flights to Deradun
Dry season – post-monsoon In February, sunshine hours in India are at their peak, an average of 10.5 hours of sunshine every day, while the humidity is at an all-time low, an average of 46% Average temperatures are still very high at this time of year, with daily highs of 31°C-34°C and daily lows of 16°C-19°C creating averages of 23.5°C-26.5°C. During the daytime, average temperatures will rarely drop below the late 20s, although a refreshing burst of coolness appears after sun sets, when temperatures regularly drop into the late teens. February is the hottest month of the post-monsoon season, with average highs of 31°C and average lows of 20°C creating an overall average of 25.5°C
A Suggested What To Bring List
- Meditation shawl and a light sweater or wrap
- Light rain jacket and cover up or fleece
- Sturdy shoes for walking/exploring, and flip flops
- Lighter moveable yoga pants, crops (loose fitting cotton is better than spandex or luon in this weather)
- Skirts and shorts
- Several tank tops t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
- Bathing suit and sarong
- Pajamas and under garments and a few pairs of socks
- One set of clothes for touring, such as kakhi pants or a long skirt.
- Smaller day pack (can be carry-on luggage in the plane.)
- Yoga mat (they fold well or fit rolled in a large backpack – the retreat center does have some mats)
- Small flashlight, combination padlock, and alarm clock
- Travel money belt in cotton (available at luggage stores)
- Travel bath towel (not too thick, i.e. quick-drying)
- Journal and several pens
- Camera and charger
- Audio Recorder
Water And Food
Bottled and/or filtered water available at all times at the retreat. We recommend drinking bottled water when away from the retreat center and not to drink tap water unless it has been boiled or filtered. Because there is a great filter at the center, and many other places in India are catching on to using less plastic ( some places) please bring a reusable water bottle with you to reduce the amount of plastic that is accumulating in the country.
Connect your voice with your heart, and open to the power of sounds & silence through Mantras, toning, singing, vocal play, conscious breath and movement.
Sequoia's life journey has been and continues to be a consistent cultivation of her spiritual development, through study and ongoing practice of yoga and the healing arts. In her teenage years, Sequoia began to study esoteric knowledge secretly, by joining a regular study group on the topics of chakras, meditation and crystal healing. Her interest in the healing arts branched out, with the study and practice of Tai chi for four years, before making her first of many visits to India. When in India Sequoia realised she needed help from addictions. She enrolled into a strict yoga ashram. After six weeks of practicing asanas, mantra and pranayama twice a day, she transformed and healed from her addictions. It was the beginning of her love affair with yoga. Sequoia's yoga path started in the lineage of Iyengar. She expanded her yoga studies in the tradition of Hatha and Ashtanga from various teachers in India. The love of vibrational healing was also a heartfelt calling for Sequoia. She started to study about mantras with Mata Gi, one of the main singers, at Pramath nikatan in Rishikesh, India. Her knowledge continued learning about how to use Tibetan bowls and other sound tools for healing. Her love for healing with sound began in 2001. In 2006, she completed a three-month intensive and received her 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training certificate from Pyramid Yoga in Thailand. In 2008, she completed a one-month pranayama teachers training course with Shri.O. P. Tiwari at Kavaladhama yogic institute in India. Her love for pranayama began. Sequoia studied many different healing modalities, which allowed her to run a successful healing centre for eight years in Canada. Sequoia’s passion for life was heighten through her personal self-healing journey. She had a severe case of Crohn's disease. She healed herself naturally through the modalities she had been studying in previous years including mantras, toning, Pranayama, visualisation and learning to love herself. Regardless of what Sequoia is teaching her intention is always the same, to inspire, encourage others to listen to their inner wisdom and inner power. For seven years Sequoia was one of the main teachers with Tribe- yoga, international teacher trainings in India and Thailand. Sequoia’s "attitude is of gratitude" for all she has experienced and yet to discover about her spirit. Her other passions include singing, ceremonies, climbing mountains, spending time alone in nature and playing music. Sequoia now lives and teaches Yoga Teacher Trainings internationally, sound healing, and breathing retreats. She shares her time between Bali, India and Canada.See more photos and other events by this presenter